As people have gotten back to traveling and interacting again after the Covid 19 pandemic, bed bugs are still around. Here are seven tips on how to check for bed bugs.
Do you have bites of various sizes on your body when you wake up in the morning? Bed bugs prefer to feed on people when they are still for long periods of time. Thus, they are called bed bugs, because this usually occurs at night, when you are sleeping. It is difficult to determine if a bite came from a bed bug as they can look differently on different people. Some people who have more sensitive skin have a more extreme reaction to the bed bug bites. Other people, like one of our sons, never knew he had bed bugs in his room because his skin did not react to the bed bug bites at all! Some people will have bites scattered here and there and others will see 3-4 bites in a straight line. READ MORE
Because it is impossible to definitively determine the presence of bed bugs just by looking at the bites, there are many other signs that you need to look for when determining if you have bed bugs.
Check for bugs on your bed, couch, or recliners. If you are getting bit, you will want to check the places where you spend the most time. While bed bugs are most commonly known for being in beds, you may also notice you are getting bit if you sit on a couch or recliner for extended amounts of time. We have repeatedly seen this with elderly people, who spend most of their days in a sedentary position. We have even seen adult bed bugs in kitchen chairs of elderly women who spend most of their day there.
The key hiding places to look for on your bed are the box springs and the wooden portions of the bed frame. While the bed bugs can live anywhere, they enjoy tight crevices where they feel cozy and safe. The bugs like to hide between the frame and the support boards as well. Keep in mind that bed bug nymphs are extremely small and may be difficult to see. But if you look close, you can find bed bugs if you see movement on the bed frames, box spring, or mattress seams. READ MORE
Bed bug eggs are small and pearly white or translucent. They can be hard to see on light surfaces. So how can you check for bed bugs? And their eggs? Here is where to look. We tend to find the eggs on box springs. The bed bugs like to lay the eggs between the bottom edge and the mesh backing, near the staples. We frequently see bed bugs hide eggs on the mesh backings of fabric headboards and on the edges of electric frames for adjustable mattresses.
You will want to look for fecal spotting when checking for bed bugs. Bed bug excrement looks like small black dots, usually clustered together. They will appear where the bugs nest. So you may find the stains on the edge of the mattress or box springs, on the wood support slats of your bed or headboard. At times, we have seen fecal staining near baseboards on the floor, typically near the bed or even around the electrical outlets. This staining is dark and does not wipe off or smudge easily. We have also seen staining between boards in cabins that have wooden walls and ceilings.
Another marking to look for when determining if you have a bed bug infestation is to see if you have small dark brown blood stains on your sheets. These will not look as much like a drop of blood but rather a smear of blood. This usually occurs when you move while sleeping, which is why it is common to see these arks on bed sheets. The pooled blood gets smears onto the sheets in a tiny little line. When our daughter was complaining of bites and we were looking for signs, we in fact did see these little smudges on her sheets.
One place where we have often found bugs, eggs, and fecal staining is on pictures hung above the headboard. These pictures provide a safe cozy home that does not get disturbed when washing and changing the bedding.
Another great option for how to check for bed bugs: bring in a canine dog. The olfactory senses of dogs are highly attuned, and these dogs can even detect the presence of bed bug eggs. Once a dog alerts to the presence of bed bugs (either eggs or actual live bugs), a good dog handler will then search to see exactly what the bug is alerting. We recommend bringing in the dog to determine the scope and location of the bed bug infestation. Once you know what you are up against, you can then determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment of Bed Bugs
Now that you know how to check for bed bugs, and you can identify bed bugs, we recommend treating a bed bug infestation with heat. Heat is the only option that kills both the bed bugs and their eggs. It kills the bug in all of its life stages. Chemical treatments only kill the bugs, therefore, additional chemicals are needed every seven to ten days, which is the time it takes for a bed bug egg to hatch. However, in those days, more eggs may be laid, so it can be almost impossible to completely eradicate bed bugs with chemicals. We have even had customers who have initially chosen a chemical treatment tell us that the person using the chemicals say that the chemicals only manage the problem, but do not eliminate the bed bug infestation.
We know that you want to do more than manage the bed bug problem. You are looking to get rid of bed bugs for good! We can help with several heat treatment methods for bed bug eradication. Full-service options for large or small jobs! We know it may be overwhelming for you to handle an infestation alone. We want to put our expertise to good use and help you be bed bug-free in 24 hours.
But there may be some people who prefer to treat their own home, which is why we also offer heater rental options. We will provide you with training so that you can treat your space at your convenience.
Give us a call for a free consultation. We can talk you through how to check for bed bugs if you need additional assistance. We are here to help you get rid of bed bugs once and for all!